Louisiana Charter Schools Projects
Analytic Technical Support
Louisiana Charter Schools Data Inventory (completed)
REL Southwest developed a data inventory for the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance. This inventory provides information on data sources, the data elements contained within those sources, and the applicability of the data to inform and advance the alliance's research agenda. Sources include data collected and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations. Data elements included in the inventory focus on students from kindergarten through high school, with a particular interest in charter school student outcomes.
Research and Evaluation Studies
Special Education Longitudinal Enrollment Study for Louisiana Public Charter Schools (completed)
REL Southwest conducted a study to explore the special education enrollment gap between public charter schools and traditional public schools in Louisiana. Drawing on student demographic and enrollment data, the study tracked special education enrollments in each of the four Louisiana communities with charter schools: Baton Rouge, Delhi, Lake Charles, and New Orleans.
Key Indicator Study to Identify Promising Operational, Organizational, and Instructional Features of New Orleans Charter Schools (completed)
At the alliance’s request, REL Southwest conducted a review of the research literature on public charter schools as well as an exploratory analysis of the possible indicators and moderators of charter school effectiveness in New Orleans.